An ionic compound is created, and heat is released in an exothermic reaction. What is best explanation for why that reaction was exothermic?

Energy was required to create the bond

Cations carry extra heat that is released when they react

Anions carry extra heat that is released when they react

Energy was released in creating the bond

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  • 1 month ago

    The resulting compound is more stable than either ions. When the ions bond energy is released in the form of heat. 

  • 1 month ago

    The resulting ionic compound formed is more stable than the ions that formed it. 

    The extra energy from the ions is released as heat when ionic bonds form. 

    When more heat is released from a reaction than is needed for it to happen, the reaction is exothermic

    so Energy was released in creating the bond

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